Fact Checks

Viral video does not show mourners breaking COVID-19 rules at Mandela family funeral
A viral video purports to show mourners ignoring social distancing rules at the funeral of Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. But the claim is false: police told AFP Fact Check the clip showed unrelated footage. A probe has been opened into this and other similar videos of funerals for breaking coronavirus laws.
Misleading claim circulates about WHO's advice on COVID-19 transmission from cats and dogs
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement that cats and dogs do not “carry” COVID-19. The claim is misleading; a WHO spokesperson told AFP they have published no such statement; in July 2020, experts said there was “little evidence” that animals can transmit the virus to humans, but there was some evidence of human-to-animal transmission.

WHO dismisses fake COVID-19 job ads in Africa, warns of similar scams
A message shared on WhatsApp and Facebook claims that the World Health Organization (WHO) is advertising home-based jobs to "fight coronavirus” and says no experience is necessary. However, there is no such employment offer from the UN health agency, which has warned the public of similar scams.

Ongoing COVID-19 infections are detected with a viral test, not a blood check for antibodies
Widely shared social media post claim the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that positive COVID-19 results simply mean people have previously contracted a cold. In reality, the claim is a misinterpretation of a paragraph discussing antibody tests on the CDC's website. Health experts confirm COVID-19 is detected with viral tests, not an analysis of antibodies.

Image of misleading flyer about face masks spreads on social media
An image of a flyer shared thousands of times on social media during the coronavirus pandemic lists a series of alleged risks of face mask use as well as rights for those who refuse to do so. But medical experts and government guidelines indicate that the risks in the flyer are misleading, though the rights stated are broadly accurate.

Hoax circulates that the WHO has approved Indian student's ginger juice 'COVID-19 remedy'
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter claim that the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved an Indian student's ginger juice “home remedy” for COVID-19. The claim is false; the WHO's spokesperson for India said the posts were “fake news”; as of July 28, 2020, the WHO states “there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure [COVID-19]”.

Commenting with the word ‘gratula’ on Facebook does not verify that your account is ‘safe’, company says
Multiple Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim that typing the word “gratula” into a comments section on Facebook will help to verify whether your account’s security is “safe”. The claim is false; Facebook said its platform does not use such a method to indicate whether a user’s account is “safe”.

Facebook dismisses hoax that it has 'banned' users from sharing the Lord’s Prayer
Multiple Facebook posts claim that publishing the Lord’s Prayer on Facebook violates the platform’s policies. The claim is false; a Facebook spokesperson said sharing the Lord’s Prayer is not against the site’s policies.